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Old 11-11-2007, 05:18 PM   #29
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[quote]OK yall, lets PLEASE stick to what the thread was started as..... A discussion on HOW the fuel prices will affect your travel plans.

Lets please not turn it into a political discussion.

Don it all ties into the discussion. We can handle it.
Here in Canada the gas prices are through the roof. We have to blame someone why not a politician?

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Old 11-11-2007, 06:37 PM   #30
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As an oilfield owner who owns the shipping and who owns the refining and who owns the distributing and who owns the marketing of fuels to eastern Canada and New England J D Irving has been a predatory force difficult to battle. I have personally been at odds with them in the presence of the Maine attorney-general. This is a regional problem for the northeastern states for they have historically refused refinery construction in New England ports. It is J D Irving who has brought about several heating fuel and diesel shortages in the far Northeast in the past century. And then they prey on the weaker American branded fuel retailer who has no close by refinery from which to buy comparably priced fuel. Am I bitter? You bet!! The Maine politicians don't care if Maine businesses fold up so long as the J D Irvings of Canada put in a few park benches in Bangor.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:42 PM   #31
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You know what really irks me. Last year we were boondocking at Senator's Wash just north of Yuma, Arizona and this couple pulled in next to us with a 5th wheel. He pulled it with a heavy duty diesel pickup, Ford I think. One evening while sitting around the camp fire we were talking about what we did for a living before we retired. In his case he was a petroleum engineer and the last ten years he worked for Texaco. When he retired the company gave hime a special Texaco/Shell Gas card. The card allows him to fillup anytime, anywhere (where there's a Texaco/Shell gas station) for free. He said he hasn't paid for any gas for the last 8 or 9 years.

Do you suppose all the higher up retirees from gas companies get that same perk?
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I can tell you that my late Father didn't get any retirement perks from Texaco when he retired in 82. All he got was the "Golden Handshake" after 32 years. Now when he was working as a Senior Chemist, he signed up his car for testing-we got free gas that way for 2 years-he did it twice with 2 cars. Wish we'd get that now.

We are in the process of selling my truck, not because of gas prices, but because my Mom is almost 84 and had a stroke. She can't get in and out of it well since it sits too high. And we can't all fit into my Honda Civic-there's 6 of us now with Mom. If I head back to a older Suburban, we'll all fit, but have that large gas bill. But I've only been driving my big truck on weekends for the last 3 months-1 fill up a month. Yet that still is over $75.

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Old 11-13-2007, 04:35 PM   #33
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My late dad retired from Exxon in 1973. No free gasoline for him!

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Old 11-13-2007, 04:54 PM   #34
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No change to our travel plans. I made a commitment to show the grand kids the USA before they go to college. I will continue to meet that commitment.
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Hey Gary,

While we are waiting for our grandchildren, we are here to help in the western states . Safe travels.
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One of the simplest and quickest thinks congress could do to help would be to pass a law that required all oil drilled in the USA stay in the USA. Oil from the Alaskian pipe line is shipped overseas where the oil companies can get a better price for it. Let's keep our oil here for our own use, stop sending it to Japan, and Korea, etc.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bob (WA0MQE):
You know what really irks me. Last year we were boondocking at Senator's Wash just north of Yuma, Arizona and this couple pulled in next to us with a 5th wheel. He pulled it with a heavy duty diesel pickup, Ford I think. One evening while sitting around the camp fire we were talking about what we did for a living before we retired. In his case he was a petroleum engineer and the last ten years he worked for Texaco. When he retired the company gave hime a special Texaco/Shell Gas card. The card allows him to fillup anytime, anywhere (where there's a Texaco/Shell gas station) for free. He said he hasn't paid for any gas for the last 8 or 9 years. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think I'll go apply for a job there!!!
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